Fingerprinting Services

As a precautionary measure, 
to limit the chance of possible exposure to COVID-19, ESD 101 fingerprinting procedures have changed. We will now be checking temperatures upon your arrival. When you arrive for your scheduled appointment please make sure to do the following:
-Wear a face mask
-Bring a phone or another electronic device so that you can complete our Health Attestation form, which you can scan or enter the URL in your web browser
-Arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time
-Not arrive late for your appointment
-Do not bring anyone else with you to your appointment as the number of people allowed in the building is limited
-Not show up if you are sick 

NEWESD 101 provides digital fingerprinting services for individuals in Washington State that are obtaining a teaching certificate, are or will be a school district employee, or are enrolled in a college or university program that requires clearance prior to beginning field experience in a school setting.

Fingerprinting services are done, by appointment only, every Wednesday and Thursday. Times may vary and are subject to change. The fee for this service is $81

Acceptable forms of payment:

   Visa/MasterCard or Debit Card
   Money Order or Cashier's Check (no personal checks)- Made payable to ESD101
On the day of your appointment you will need to bring the $81.00 fee and one valid piece of government issued identification from the list below:
-Driver's License
-State ID
-Military ID

NEWESD 101’s digital fingerprinting technology submits the scanned images directly to the Washington State Patrol. After additional review by the FBI, fingerprint records are then held by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Due to this technology we ask that you not schedule an appointment if you are suffering from cuts, wounds, or injuries to your hands or are experiencing general ill health. Please have another adult accompany you if you are bringing a small child and/or a stroller or car seat. 

To schedule an appointment call (509) 789-3800, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30 pm or you can contact our fingerprint technician, LaVerne Rettkowski, during fingerprinting hours. LaVerne can be reached at (509) 789-3502.  Our office is located at 4202 South Regal Street in Spokane, WA.

To request a copy of your background check results please visit OPSI's website or click the link below:
Your fingerprints may be rejected due to poor print quality thus requiring a reprint and submission to WSP. 

For those customers who are seeking certification or recertification, you will receive a notice from OSPI stating that your prints have been rejected. School district or college program customers, your district/school will be notified of rejection and thus notify you.

Reprints, for this office, are done with the "ink and roll" method at the Public Safety Building located at 1100 West Mallon, in Spokane. 

For more information call (509) 477-2334. **Please note, fingerprinting may be available at a law enforcement agency closer to your location. 
Please contact the agencies directly to verify availability.

For more information on Washington State fingerprinting requirements, please visit:

If you believe the results of your background check from the FBI are not complete or are wrong you have an opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information as described below.

Send a written challenge request to the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division by writing to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division
Attention: Correspondence Group
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Your written request to the FBI should clearly identify the information that you feel is inaccurate or incomplete and should include copies of any available proof or documents that support your claim. The correspondence group will contact appropriate agencies to try to verify or correct challenged entries for you. When the FBI receives official communication from the agency with jurisdiction over the matter, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome. (This process is described in 28 C.F.R. § 16.34.)

The results of the WSP and FBI background check are forwarded to OSPI and are entered into an online Educational Data System (EDS). All school districts, educational service districts, private schools, BIA-funded Native American schools, colleges, and universities in Washington state have access to the EDS and are able to view the results of the WSP and FBI background record check.

Criminal history conviction information reported from the WSP and/or FBI of all school district, private schools and educational service district (ESD) employees is returned to the appropriate agency after the criminal history report is processed by OSPI.

Sorry, we have no way of determining or controlling the length of time these processes take.